Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tapioca Flour: The Game Changer

Having celiac disease is frustrating. It is. There’s no two ways about it. It’s challenging to find food that is gluten free, tastes okay and mimics bread. But to be fair, who could blame the brands that try and fail? Attempting to impersonate bread? The fluffy goodness? It’s nearly impossible! That is, until I discovered that tapioca flour is naturally gluten free.

If you’ve ever been to Texas de Brazil, or any other Brazilian restaurant, you might have tried bread made with tapioca flour and you didn’t even know was gluten free. Those cheese rolls on the table before the meal? Yep. Those are the ones! Totally, naturally gluten free. I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Since I found out about this, I’ve gone to Texas de Brazil to order about 30 of these delicious rolls once a week. I’ve had them with dinner, I’ve dipped them in my over medium eggs for breakfast and I’ve spread a little peanut butter over them for a quick lunch. They are my new gluten free obsession.

If you don’t have a Brazilian restaurant near by, or you like to cook, you can make these at home! The trick is finding tapioca flour. Save yourself the trouble, and just go to Whole Foods, where I know they have it in stock. I tried five stores before discovering this (Neighborhood Walmart, Walgreens, Winn Dixie, Super Walmart and Albertsons- none had any in stock). You can also order this online, and I recommend the brand Bob’s Red Mill. Simply Recipes has an easy recipe!

I hope this helps with anyone looking for a naturally gluten free bread! Look out for my next posts about more gluten free products!